The Official Website for the Massachusetts Junior Olympic Amateur Softball Association

JO Commissioner:  Phil McElroy
41 Marathon St Arlington, MA 02474
phil.mcelroy14@gmail.com

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2016 ASA/USA SOFTBALL MA. TRAVEL TEAM HANDBOOK
All of your answers in one convenient location. This handbook provides coaches
with all the assistance needed to navigate through the ASA registration process
and so much more. Click on the link above to download your copy.



                                                              
          For all your USA Softball Merchandise      Click on the logo for             The Official Trophy Supplier
                  click on the above link                    the National website                   to the MAJOASA


                       
 ASA/USA Softball - Massachusetts now on Facebook and Twitter. Click on the logo above for more details

Click on the above logo to register your team or league on-line with ASA

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5/30/2016          DEADLINE FOR ASA/USA SOFTBALL MA. STATE TOURNAMENT APPROACHING!!!
                           The deadline for entries into the 2016 ASA/USA Softball MA. State Championships is Saturday June 4, 2016 at 5 PM. Entries must be received
                           in my office by that date & time and not postmarked June 4. If you pay via Paypal, your PayPal confirmation AND your entry form needs to be
                           in my e-mail inbox by 5 PM. You can see the most current list of entries by clicking here. You may need to refresh your browser to see the most
                           current list. Pool Play and Brackets will be posted soon.
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3/22/2016          ADDING PLAYERS AFTER ROSTERS HAVE BEEN SIGNED BY ASA/USA SOFTBALL MA.
                          Teams that add players using the National Player Pick up form after a roster has been signed will now be charged a fee of $10 per
                          player. This fee MUST be submitted with the pick up form otherwise it will not be signed. The check is made payable to ASA/USA Softball MA.
                          Teams that meet up with a local JO Commissioner MUST also pay this fee before a Pick Up form is signed.
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3/6/2016            NATIONAL BACKGROUND CHECKS NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL TOURNAMENTS

ASA/USA Softball MA. is now requiring ALL ADULT BENCH PERSONNEL to complete the ASA/USA Softball National Background checks for the 2016 season and to have the approved background check card visible at all times during ANY ASA/USA Softball MA. event. This includes local tournaments as well as any ASA/USA Softball Championship Play event (States, Regionals, Nationals). Coaches without this card WILL NOT be allowed onto the field during ASA/USA Sanctioned events.
Individual coaches can log into RegisterASA.com to pay for and electronically approve having the National Background Check done. Team Administrators CANNOT pay for and approve all of their coaches for this process. Federal Law prohibits this. That is why each coach must approve this background check themselves.

This new process is only for travel teams playing in ASA/USA Softball MA. tournament events. Local recreational leagues are governed by Massachusetts
General Law that requires CORI checks for all youth coaches and youth volunteers. ASA/USA Softball MA. is not CORI approved nor can we see results
of anyone's CORI checks. This would be a violation of state and federal law. That is why we require the ASA/USA National Background Check as we can
see if a coach passes or fails.

Any questions, please e-mail me at
wayne.coe67@gmail.com
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2/10/2016         PAYPAL NOW AVAILABLE FOR ALL PAYMENTS
                          RegisterASA.com has now been set to accept PayPal payments for all ASA/USA Softball MA. invoices. Also any league
                          or travel team paper registration forms, tournament sanction forms as well as State Tournament entry forms now can all
                          be paid for via PayPal.
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01/09/2016        MASS ASA NOW ASA/USA SOFTBALL MASSACHUSETTS
                          Brand new name. Same great service and staff.
                          Mass ASA has been renamed ASA/USA Softball Massachusetts to better align itself with the National ASA/USA
                          Softball Association.
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12/28/2015     PHIL MCELROY APPOINTED COMMISSIONER FOR MASSACHUSETTS
                
The Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball, a volunteer driven, not-for-profit organization, announced today that Phil McElroy (Arlington, Mass.)
                          has been appointed as Commissioner for the ASA/USA Softball MA. Softball association.  McElroy has served as a Junior Olympic (JO) Commissioner for
                          over 15 years prior to his recent appointment.

                          "I am honored, humbled and excited to be appointed ASA/USA Softball MA.Commissioner," said McElroy.  "For over 25 years I've been
                           involved with ASA/USA Softball as a coach, player and JO Commissioner.  With our existing staff of driven volunteers and my past experience, softball will
                           continue to thrive in Massachusetts."

                           McElroy served as the JO Commissioner for the Metro Boston ASA/USA from 1998 until its merger with ASA/USA Softball MA.and has spent the
                           past five years as JO Commissioner for ASA/USA Softball MA.  During his time as JO Commissioner, he assisted with local and regional
                           tournaments, registrations for the associations and ACE Coach Certifications.  He also served on the ASA/USA Softball MA Board
                           of Directors and attended the Annual Meetings as an At-Large Player Rep.  In addition to his roles with ASA/USA Softball MA. McElroy also served on the
                           NCAA Division III National Softball Committee from 2010-14.  During his time on the committee, he helped develop policies and procedures for governing
                           the administration and conduct of the NCAA Division III Softball Championship.

                           "Supporting our umpires, increasing participation in our leagues and sending teams to our National Championships will be our focus in 2016.  I want to thank all
                             involved with ASA/USA Softball for this great opportunity.  It's an exciting time to be involved with softball in New England," McElroy said.

                             McElroy is the Head Softball Coach at Emerson College, an NCAA Division III program.  He is also an NFCA Four Star Master Coach.  McElroy can be
                             reached at phil.mcelroy14@gmail.com.
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12/2/2015          HOW TO REGISTER A TEAM USING REGISTERASA POWERPOINT
                          ASA has developed a Powerpoint presentation on how to register a team using the RegisterASA.com website.
                          Click here to download the presentation.
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11/29/2015        2016 ASA RULE CHANGE AFFECTING LEAGUES AND TRAVEL TEAMS
                          At the 2016 national convention, ASA delegates approved the following fule change effective January 1, 2016

                          Rule 3, Section 5E: Remove the requirement for Chin Straps to be worn with batting helmets in all Junior Olympic Divisions of Play.

                          Comment: Chin straps on batting helmets for all Junior Olympic Divisions of Play will no longer be mandated but still allowed.
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10/06/2015        2016 LOCAL TOURNAMENT SANCTIONING NOW AVAILABLE
                          The 2016 sanctioning form is now available. Click here to download.
                          Please note that in order to be sanctioned, local tournaments must adhere to the following:

                          Tournaments cannot have a time limit of less than 1 hour 30 minutes except for weather related issues.
                          Tournaments cannot use a drop dead time limit except for scrimmages or showcases
                          Tournaments must send out single elimination seeded brackets when pool play schedules are sent out
                          All tournaments must submit complete pool play and bracket results.
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09/01/2015        2016 REGISTRATIONS STARTING SEPTEMBER 2, 2014
                           Teams playing in fall ball can register now and not have to register again in the
                           Spring (unless a team registers using a team registration form). Why wait until the last minute to register when you can
                           register now that your try-outs are complete.

                           CLASS B AND CLASS C TEAMS PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING:
                           First, teams are classified each season. Just because you were classified as Class B or Class C in 2015 does not mean your
                           team will be classified as B or C in 2016. We review the roster and registration forms each season and base the classification
                           on that alone. We do not classify teams based on ability or experience. If you do not meet the criteria set forth by the Mass
                           ASA JO staff, you will be classified as A.

                          Second, since leagues do not form until 2016, we will not be classifying ANY B or C teams until 2015. So if you register your
                          team after September 1 and your league does not register until 2016, we will be classifying you as A until your league registers
                          with the Mass ASA for the 2016 season. At that point, you can e-mail Wayne Coe and he will consult with the local JO
                          Commissioner in the area to make the proper classification.

                          Any questions about this new registration period, please e-mail Wayne Coe.
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